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Welcome to the Northern Chamber Orchestra

“Musically, it's exceptional… the Northern Chamber Orchestra play with terrific dexterity and panache for conductor Stephen Barlow.

Buxton Festival 2012 / The Guardian


The Northern Chamber Orchestra was formed in the 1960s and has gained a formidable reputation from its engaging and exciting concerts, tackling a wide range of repertoire from Corelli through to Stravinsky and present day composers.  The NCO is internationally renowned from its recordings, of which there are over forty.  The members of the orchestra are distinguished chamber musicians who play as principals with other orchestras and regularly appear as soloists. The Northern Chamber Orchestra is proud to be 'Orchestra in Residence' at Manchester Metropolitan University and Blackburn Cathedral and for its long association with Buxton Festival.

"Under the leadership of Nicholas Ward … the NCO is now one of the best chamber orchestras in Britain… The vitality of the playing, with a lively ensemble, is a great tribute to the corporate talents of the players…"

 Lots to look forward to in 2015 - including concerts in Macclesfield, Southport and, of course, Buxton Festival!

NCO's 2014 - 2015 Macclesfield Heritage Centre Season: penultimate concert - Saturday 18 April with Ian Fountain, piano   

We are performing at The Atkinson, Southport, for the first time: NCO Soloists on Monday 4 May and the orchestra on Saturday 13 June.

Our Macclesfield season continues with international pianist, Ian Fountain (18 April) and NCO's very own soloists in May (playing a popular programme of much-loved chamber works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Weber).

Ian Fountain "The great tradition of British pianism lives on in this fabulously gifted artist." Savannah Morning News

He will perform Mozart Piano Concerto in C minor K491.    

Once again, the NCO is the 'Orchestra in Residence' for Buxton Festival; accompanying the main opera productions and presenting its own concerts as part of the festival.

Programme also includes: Beethoven Symphony no 8 in F, Rossini String Sonata no 3 in C and Sibelius Two Humoresques.

Enjoy a lunchtime concert in The Atkinson Studio as part of its Cake & Classical series on 4 May and an evening concert in the main venue on Saturday 13 June at 7.30pm.

Macclesfield concerts start at 7.30pm


Macclesfield Heritage Centre

Concerts start 7.30pm

9.40pm approx end time


The Atkinson, Southport 

Check The Atkinson website for details and to book.


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